Early mornings in Melbourne are calm and still.
The popular marina bar is ominously named Ichabod. I wondered, is it a reference to the headless horseman or perhaps the Hebrew meaning “without honor”? Well, we were here earlier this year, on Super Bowl Sunday. There were about a dozen people in the bar merrily eating and drinking, with the big game in the background on multiple screens. To our complete surprise, the bartender announced he was going to close the bar before half-time, shortly after we finished our first beer, so you decide …
In Melbourne we met fellow loopers Ron and Debbie Hartwell, captains of Bucket List.
The waters of Fort Pierce included the entertainment of seasoned tugs who adeptly maneuvered a barge, along with small fishing crafts enjoying the crisp morning air.
From Cocoa Village to Daytona Beach, we marveled at the bridges.
In New Smyrna Beach, FL we anchored out for the first time on this journey! With two sailboats and another troller anchored nearby, we set the DragQueen (just ask Hazel, it’s an app with an obnoxious alarm that goes off when the anchor moves too far away), and poured a delicious glass of red wine. Yes, HereWeGo, you can join us anytime!
No marina noise, no wind, no rain, no trains, no air conditioning or running generators; it was the perfect quiet for a truly restful sleep!
Early morning departure was very chilly for Florida. As you can see, the task required a warm coat, long pants and gloves! In short order, Rick deftly pulled up the anchor, and we were on the road again.
Not sure where we will head next – maybe St. Augustine, maybe another anchoring spot near Jacksonville.